I will lead an Advent Study for adults on Thursdays during Advent, December 1, 8, 15, and 22. We’ll begin each session at Noon, enjoying a brown-bag lunch in the Fellowship Hall, then the study and discussion from 12:30 to 1:30.
Our study text is “The Scriptures Sing of Christmas,” by J. Ellsworth Kalas. (You can buy your own copy from Amazon, or other online retailer, for about $14.00, but the book isn’t required to participate in the study.)
The lesson for the First Week of Advent is based on Luke 1:46b-55, Mary’s Song, also known as the Magnificat, “the title coming from the first word in the poem’s Latin form, ‘My soul doth magnify the Lord.’” (“The Scriptures Sing of Christmas,” page 11.)
The second lesson is entitled “Concert in a Field,” as is based on Luke 2:8-14, the song of the angels to the shepherds “keeping watch over their flock by night.” (Luke 2:8)
On December 15, we’ll explore “An Old Man Sings,” Simeon’s song of praise upon encountering the infant Jesus, from Luke 2:25-35.
Finally, in the Fourth Week of Advent, we’ll move from Luke’s account of Christ’s birth to the Prologue to John’s Gospel, John 1:1-5, 9-14, which begins, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
You don’t necessarily have to love music or poetry to appreciate this study of some of the New Testament’s loveliest verse. Join us because you enjoy discussing ideas with other seekers, or learning more about the Bible, or just for the opportunity to get to know other church members a little bit better.
I hope to see you there.